Atlanta people and places

What NASCAR has to say about Atlanta-filmed “Logan Lucky”

6:54 am Aug. 19, 2017

At first it seems like just about the only absolutely believable elements in “Logan Lucky,” in theaters now, are Dwight Yoakam’s Southern accent and hideous suits. He plays a sniveling prison warden to perfection.

After that, you gotta suspend a lot of disbelief.

With its breezy slew of implausibilities and quirky vibe, the movie, largely filmed in Atlanta and starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes

James Brown’s granddaughter makes history

5:38 pm Aug. 18, 2017

Congrats to the Granddaughter of Soul.

Sydney Lumar, whose grandfather was the late, great James Brown, made history today, becoming the first person to graduate from The SAE School in Cobb County.

The private, year-round school opened in 2013. It was the right fit for Sydney after she struggled in public school in east Cobb County.

Although she was the only person turning a tassel, she wasn’t alone. The school’s sixth graders sang

Marvel titan Stan Lee salutes Chadwick Boseman as “Black Panther”

7:48 am Aug. 18, 2017

Chadwick Boseman has Stan Lee’s official thumbs-up.

Boseman plays the title role in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” which filmed in Atlanta and is due out next year. He debuted the character in Atlanta-filmed “Captain America: Civil War.”

Longtime Marvel mogul Stan Lee, who pops up in cameos in the movies adapted from the comics, posted a photo and supportive message.

MORE: Watch the trailer for “Marshall,” starring Chadwick Boseman

By the way here’s his

High-tech tickets and other gadgetry at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

4:00 pm Aug. 17, 2017

No chance of that moving forward. Instead, fans will scan digital tickets at auto checkpoints upon arrival; they’ll go through one of 140 magnetometer security checkpoints. Ticket holders may transfer their electronic billets or resell them through the NFL Ticket Exchange, a site you may want to check out if you haven’t already lined up season tickets.

“This season the Falcons do not anticipate having any single game tickets available to

Here’s where you can score some eclipse-watching glasses for free

11:21 am Aug. 17, 2017

You can’t find eclipse-watching glasses? The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is here to help.

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The system, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) and STAR_Net has already given out 8,000 pairs of specs and will have a few more on hand Monday.

From a release just

Confederate marker removed from Hollywood cemetery after threats of vandalism

7:32 am Aug. 17, 2017

A granite marker at the graves of Confederate veterans has been removed from a cemetery in Hollywood, Calif. after threats of vandalism.

The marker, placed in 1925, was taken to an undisclosed location, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Jimmy Kimmel: Make Donald Trump king so he’ll leave the White House

6:37 am Aug. 16, 2017

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s solution to the increasingly volatile presidency of Donald Trump: Make him king instead.

“He is a total disaster. He screws up royally every day. Sometimes two or three times a day,” Kimmel said during his Tuesday night monologue, appealing to Trump voters who he suspects are feeling buyer’s remorse. “Deep down, you know you made a mistake. You know you picked the wrong guy…He does need to

Indie “Pilgrimage” features stars of “Baby Driver” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

3:19 pm Aug. 15, 2017

So it turns out you don’t have to spend a mountain of cash to make a compelling film.

“Pilgrimage,” in limited cinema release now and streaming via several on-demand platforms, takes place mostly in coastal Ireland in the year 1209. Monks entrusted with a holy relic receive a sudden visitor after His Holiness sends for it, then are sent out to see the treasure safely to Rome.

The “safely” bit doesn’t last

Kevin Hart, Will Packer comedy “Night School” to film in Atlanta, hiring crew

5:23 am Aug. 15, 2017

Kevin Hart is the writer and star of a new movie called “Night School.” Its straightforward premise, per imdb: “A group of troublemakers who are forced to attend night school in hopes that they’ll pass the GED exam to finish high school.”

The movie reunites “Girls Trip” director and producer Malcolm D. Lee and super-producer Will Packer. Packer and Hart are frequent collaborators, having put out comedy hits including “The